• English sculptor Gladys Blaiberg (1882-1969)

    Monday 30 August 2010 by Cherie Prosser.

      English sculptor Gladys Blaiberg (1882-1969) created paper sculptures of Australian troops in London during the First World War. In 1917, Blaiberg volunteered to work in the Australian Forces canteen in London where her interest in the Australian presence became a source of inspiration for her paper figures. Largely caricaturing the Australian troops, she became fascinated with their spirited sense of humour and irreverence for authority. In …

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  • The War on Malaria

    Friday 27 August 2010 by Cherie Prosser. 1 comments

    There were grave fears for the strength of Australians fighting in the malaria prone regions of the Pacific during the Second World War. By June 1943, it was estimated 25,000 Australians in Papua and New Guinea had contracted malaria. Supplies of quinine, used to treat malaria since the First World War, and the synthetic drug atebrin were inadequate to meet demand. The Land Headquarters Medical Research Unit was quickly established in Cairns, …

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  • Diary of HV Reynolds - Epilogue

    Thursday 12 August 2010 by Janice Farrer. 32 comments

    Anzac leave Rosette : Private H V Reynolds 1 Field Ambulance, AIF REL41499 Herbert spent the next 10 days in very poor condition.  He was unable to eat or drink let alone write. He was evacuated off the peninsula and spent time at Lemnos Field Hospital before being invalided back to England. Though he returned to his unit in Egypt and continued on to serve on the Western Front until the end of the war he never fully recovered …

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  • Wednesday 11th August 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Wednesday 11 August 2010 by Janice Farrer. 1 comments

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds.   Medical bag : Private H V Reynolds 1 Field Ambulance, AIF REL41493  ‘Reported in sick parade this morning and was put off duty and instructed to remain in bed and take only milk diet. Things seem to have been very quiet today, though it may have been forced inactivity that gave me …

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  • Tuesday 10th August 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Tuesday 10 August 2010 by Janice Farrer. 2 comments

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds.  Members of a fatigue party resting on Anzac Beach. P02647.044 ‘Early this morning the war boats and field guns heavily bombarded the enemy positions. Our aircraft have been extremely active today. At about 7pm an enemy plane attempted to destroy the captive balloon on the balloon ship, …

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  • Monday 9th August 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Monday 9 August 2010 by Janice Farrer. 7 comments

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds.  Portrait of 2155, Corporal John Grieve Limerock, 7th Battalion, killed in action at Lone Pine on 8th August 1915. H06441 ‘The terrific noise of a bombardment of the enemy positions by our warships and the howitzers and field guns on shore woke me early about 5am when some ver severe …

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  • Sunday 8th August 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Sunday 8 August 2010 by Janice Farrer. 3 comments

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds.  A group of Gurkhas resting after their participation in the attack by the 4th Australian Brigade on Hill 971. P01116.068 (Battle for Hill 971)- ‘Some extremely severe fighting has taken place today all along our front, and a desperate struggle is going on for the heights of Sari Bair, …

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  • Saturday 7th August 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Saturday 7 August 2010 by Janice Farrer. 1 comments

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds.  'The charge of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade at the Nek, 7 August 1915' By George Lambert ART07965 (Battle of the Nek)-‘All communications with the line seems to have ceased along this track altogether, we has nothing whatever to do during the night and managed to get a few minutes sleep …

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  • Friday 6th August 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Friday 6 August 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds.  'The taking of Lone Pine' By Fred Leist ART02931 (Battle of Lone Pine)-‘The noise of very heavy rifle fire and machine gun fire disturbed us about 5.30am followed but the sharp reports of our field guns, we soon realized that the enemy was attacking in force the system of trenches …

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  • Thursday 5th August 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Thursday 5 August 2010 by Janice Farrer. 4 comments

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds.  A trawler packed with British troops on their way to the British landing at Cape Helles, on the southern tip of the Gallipoli Peninsula. G00205 ‘Another large batch of British troops landed here during the night, extensive preparations are being made for some big movement. During the day…

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